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Saturday - September 15, 2001
- Movies Being Postponed After Disaster
- Final Fantasy Takes on Japan
- Friday's Box Office Results
- News Link of the Day - Nintendo Bets on Miyamoto

Movies Being Postponed After Disaster
(by Hollywood is finding itself in a magnitude of dilemma after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Tuesday. The dilemma is whether or not to proceed with the release and production of movies that show terrorists attacking the United States. Several movies, including Collateral Damage which Warner Bros. has postponed without announcing a new release date. It was originally scheduled to be released on October 5. The movie is about a terrorist attack in Los Angeles aimed at a specific ambassador, but also wiping out innocent victims whose families seek revenge.

Spider-Man posters and a movie trailer which both feature the World Trade Center have been pulled from theaters and from the Internet. In addition, the ending to Men In Black 2 is being completely redone to change the backdrop of the finale which featured the World Trade Center buildings. Studios for the movie The Last Castle have pulled all advertising which features U.S. prisoners flying a U.S. flag upside down.

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Final Fantasy Takes on Japan
(by Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within has finally made it to Japan, the country where the roots of the Final Fantasy game series are founded. Square Pictures, which created the CGI movie, is hoping for a strong response from Japanese to a movie that became one of the biggest box office disappointments of the year in the United States. The distributor of the film in Japan is Gaga, which believes that this weekend's results will be excellent.

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Friday's Box Office Results
(by There were no major animated or visual effects films in the top 10 on Friday although The Musketeer, which came in third, does have a few visual effect scenes.

Here are Friday's Top 5 Movies

1. Hardball - $2.5 Million
2. The Glass House - $1.9 Million
3. The Musketeer - $1.6 Million
4. The Others - $1.4 Million
5. Two Can Play That Game - $1.3 Million

Overall, the Box Office was down due to the terrorist events this week.

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News Link of the Day - Nintendo Bets on Miyamoto, Guru of Video Games

According to Bloomberg News:

"Ever imagined you're an astronaut, crash-landed on an unknown planet, able to plant your own army of space elves to fight aliens and repair your ship? Perhaps not since you were a kid.

Shigeru Miyamoto, the 48-year-old manager of Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s development division, does that every day for a living. His multicolored Pikmins, who sprout from seeds and wear petals as hats, are among the new characters available with the GameCube game console, which went on sale yesterday in Japan..."

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